Streetsboro -- Kyle Teague, 29, a staff sergeant with the United States Army Reserves and 2002 Streetsboro graduate, returns to Streetsboro High School this year as a math teacher and freshman football coach.
"Streetsboro presented the opportunity where I could teach and also coach," Teague said. "That's why I came to this district."
Shortly after graduating from Streetsboro High School, Teague did a two-month stint at Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga. to complete basic training for the Reserves. In September 2002, Teague said he flew to San Antonio, Texas and was there for nine months to receive training in respiratory therapy.
"It's a position that would be at any hospital," he said. "You work in the ICU with the nurses and the doctors. You're the person that manages the respirators and ventilators."
In 2005, he was deployed to Egypt for a two-week rotation. He also did two one-year deployments in Iraq, said Teague.
"One was from October 2006 to October 2007, and the other was from November 2010 until November 2011," Teague said. "I did respiratory therapy on each of those deployments."
Between deployments, Teague attended Kent State University and graduated in May 2010.
"The things that prevented me from working right away or graduating in four years were the various deployments I had to do," said Teague. "After finishing my mandatory training and deployments, I attended KSU."
On his return from his second Iraq deployment, Teague began teaching at Bio-Med Science Academy in Rootstown for the 2012-13 school year, he said.
He came to Streetsboro in August to be a math teacher, coach the freshman football team and help coach the varsity football team.
"I played football in high school. It was probably my favorite sport," said Teague. "That's one of the reasons that I started teaching -- so that I could coach."
Teague's experiences in the Army Reserves affect the way he teaches and coaches football, he said.
"It helped me figure out what motivates people and how you always have to lead by your own actions," Teague said. "You always have to be the hardest working person to earn trust. To be a teacher, too, you have to work hard, show interest and sincerity and make sure [students] know you care, or they won't believe in you or help work toward that common goal."
As of right now, Teague said he isn't scheduled for any deployments.